Travel Log 7 “Global Responsibility Part 1” by Steven Schnittger Lugano, Switzerland

3282105I think this comment perfectly depicts the message that the documentary was trying to get across. People are so much more concerned with the glitz, glamour, and humor of stories that they refuse to open their eyes to the horrors that are going on in places around the world. I recall in the documentary General Dellaire specifically called out America’s obsession with the OJ Simpson trial and how people were far more concerned with a single murder rather than the murder of about 800,000 people. The real crime and message that the author is trying to get across in this picture is that Americans are ignorant to things that aren’t covered by the everyday news cycle. And a huge part of the crime is that because the public did not care about the Rwandan Genocide, politicians from the United Nation did not push to help the people of Rwanda and therefore people were slaughtered. The UN should have been protecting these peoples’ rights and they got in their own way because the public, full of supposed global citizens, did nothing to bring any attention to the issue.

What is truly saddening is the fact that, although many people don’t think so, atrocities like this are still going on today. I just typed ‘Syrian War’ into Google and an article was posted one hour ago by CNN explaining that a bomb in Syria has just killed 40 Iraqis. Again this is an issue that the UN should be more involved in because civilians are dying every day from attacks. What makes this a difficult issue is how many different parties are involved from terrorist groups like ISIS, the Syrian government backed by Russia, and the rebels who are backed by the United States and the United Nations. However, this is an issue that many Americans are not interested in because it isn’t interesting enough, or it isn’t on enough. The most we hear about Syria is the refugees that many countries refuse to accept or the terrorist attacks that happen around the world which areusually linked to the Syrian Conflict. Yet, everyday people are fighting for their lives in Syria and many people don’t care.

“Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people.”

This is an excerpt from the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, something that every member nation of the UN signs and promises to take part in. I however do not see how these countries can claim such an oath and yet stand-by while so little is being done to help the civilians in Syria get to safety and end the conflict all together.


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